The Leach Report Weekdays, 8-9a
The Leach Report Weekdays, 8-9a
The Leach Report Weekdays, 8-9a
The Morning Tip-off with Michael Bennett weekdays 7-8
The Morning Tip-off with Michael Bennett weekdays 7-8
The Morning Tip-off with Michael Bennett weekdays 7-8
Kentucky Sports Radio, Weekdays, 9-11a
Kentucky Sports Radio, Weekdays, 9-11a
Kentucky Sports Radio, Weekdays, 9-11a
Thanks Jeff, for the last 5 years!
Thanks Jeff, for the last 5 years!
Thanks Jeff, for the last 5 years!
The Dan Patrick Show, Weekdays 11a-2p
The Dan Patrick Show,  Weekdays 11a-2p
The Dan Patrick Show,  Weekdays 11a-2p
Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare feat.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press football poll for three straight seasons, joining the Oklahoma Sooners of 1985-87. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

No. 2 Clemson picked up 18 first-place votes. Georgia is third, followed by Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Washington, Oklahoma, Miami, Auburn and Penn St. round out the top 10.

The Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference lead the way with five teams each in the Top 25. The Big 12, PAC 12 and ACC each have four.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2017 final ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (42) 13-1 1505 1
2. Clemson (18) 12-2 1476 4
3. Georgia 13-2 1350 2
4. Wisconsin (1) 13-1 1271 7
5. Ohio St. 12-2 1256 5
6. Washington 10-3 1215 16
7. Oklahoma 12-2 1173 3
8. Miami 10-3 1027 13
9. Auburn 10-4 1013 10
10. Penn St. 11-2 1012 8
11. Michigan St. 10-3 877 15
12. Notre Dame 10-3 804 11
13. Stanford 9-5 778 20
14. Michigan 8-5 773 NR
15. Southern Cal 11-3 543 12
16. TCU 11-3 533 9
17. West Virginia 7-6 511 NR
18. Mississippi St. 9-4 450 19
19. Florida St. 7-6 384 NR
20. Virginia Tech 9-4 351 24
21. UCF 13-0 312 6
22. Boise St. 11-3 292 22
23. Texas 7-6 216 NR
24. Oregon 7-6 148 NR
25. LSU 9-4 106 18

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 96, Florida 68, Utah 60, Oklahoma St. 51, FAU 38, Arizona 28, NC State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas St. 10, Iowa St. 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Troy 2, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Arkansas St. 1, Fresno St. 1.

Louisville has placed tight ends coach Chris Klenakis on administrative leave following his arrest on driving under the influence and other charges.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies responded to calls early Sunday about a driver swerving on Interstate 64 in Shelbyville. An arrest report says Klenakis' SUV nearly hit a barrier wall multiple times, including in a construction zone with active workers.

The report says deputies pulled the fifth-year assistant from his SUV and attempted to conduct a sobriety test when Klenakis walked onto the road and was nearly hit by a truck. His blood-alcohol level measured 0.165, more than twice the legal level.

The 54-year-old Klenakis also was charged with reckless driving, wanton endangerment and possession of open containers. A working phone number for him could not be located.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement Monday that the program has high standards for coaches and that, "We must adhere to those standards on a daily basis."

Coming off a championship season where Murray State won both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, the Racers are back in 2018-19 with a challenging campaign. 

"We are excited to announce our 2018-19 schedule, featuring 16 home games at the CFSB Center again this season," Murray State head coach Matt McMahon said. "We look forward to playing in front of our great fans with the incredible atmosphere and tradition we have at Murray State."

Every season, McMahon seeks to challenge his team with great competition and bring quality opponents into the CFSB Center. Throw in another big season of Ohio Valley Conference games, and this schedule checks all of the boxes.

"Last season was the OVC's second highest RPI ranking since 2000 and I expect the league to be very strong again this year," McMahon added. "So we wanted a challenging non-conference schedule to prepare our team for league play. With the defending SEC champions (Auburn), defending CUSA champions (Middle Tennessee), defending Horizon tournament champions (Wright State), along with Alabama and three Missouri Valley programs, we will certainly be tested throughout the months of November and December."

"We also look forward to honoring Coach Tevester Anderson when Jackson State visits the CFSB Center on Dec. 15," McMahon said. "Coach T helped lead the Racers to four of our 16 NCAA Tournament appearances (two as head coach and two as associate head coach under Mark Gottfried) and he also took Jackson State to the NCAA Tournament during his ten year run there as head coach."

November starts with an exhibition game (Nov. 5) against Brescia, before Wright State comes to the CFSB Center for the regular season opener (Nov. 10). MSU's four-game home stand to start the season continues with Spalding (Nov. 16) and Missouri State (Nov. 24). The Racers close out the month with a road game at Alabama (Nov. 26).

Seven games are included in December with a home contest (Dec. 1) against Prairie View A&M. The Racers hit the road for a pair of regional rival clashes at Middle Tennessee (Dec. 8) and at Southern Illinois (Dec. 12). After returning home to play Jackson State (Dec. 15), the Racers host the Evansville Purple Aces (Dec. 18) and hit the road for Auburn (Dec. 22). MSU hosts Bethel (Dec. 29) for the final game of 2018.

OVC play begins in 2019 with Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky visiting the CFSB Center (Jan. 3 & 5) when the Racers begin their quest for back-to-back regular season titles after taking it last season with a record of 16-2. A four-game road swing has MSU visiting UT Martin (Jan. 10), SE Missouri (Jan. 12), Eastern Illinois (Jan. 17) and SIUE (Jan. 19). MSU finishes the month at home with Belmont (Jan. 24) and Tennessee State (Jan. 26) and a road game at Jacksonville State (Jan. 31). 

The first game of February is at Tennessee Tech (Feb. 2). MSU hopes to make a drive for their 26th OVC title with a home week with EIU and SIUE (Feb. 7 & 9) and a road week at Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 14 & 16). The Racers have home games with UTM (Feb. 21) and SEMO (Feb. 23) and the final road game of the season at Morehead State (Feb. 28). The Racer seniors play their final regular season home game against APSU (March 2).

The Racers won the OVC Tournament last season and will try for the prize again (March 6-9) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. The Racers have won the OVC tournament 16 times and have been to the NCAA Tournament the same number.

The Racers will play their 21st season at the CFSB Center in the 2018-19 season. MSU has one of the best home court advantages in the game and are 245-44 (.847) overall and 146-27 (.843) in OVC play. MSU enters the season winners of nine in a row at home since their loss to Auburn last December. 

Louisville says that redshirt sophomore Tobias Little will probably miss the 2018 season after injuring his knee.

A brief release from the school Monday stated that Little was hurt in practice but did not specify which knee or the type of injury. The 6-foot, 248-pound Atlanta native had 27 yards rushing on nine carries and one reception for 24 yards last season. Little was projected to be part of the Cardinals' backfield rotation expected to shoulder much of the offensive workload following the departure of career yardage leader and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Louisville opens the season Sept. 1 against defending national champion and Associated Press Top 25 preseason No. 1 Alabama in Orlando, Florida.

It appears Marshall County High School will indeed appeal last week's decision by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, which ruled incoming sophomore Zion Harmon ineligible to play basketball this season for the Marshals.

Zion's father, Mike, told The Kentucky Prep Report on Monday that he and his son “will sit before and appeals committee and whichever way they rule, we will not complain.”

Mike Harmon also said the KHSAA is penalizing his son “because he has violated the accomplishment rule.”

You can read Mike Harmon's full comments below:

“First of all, we would like to thank God and the great fans of the State of Kentucky for two wonderful years. There are truly no fans like Kentucky Basketball Fans. Thank you for your fan support and true love for the game. In the 2 years, Zion have represented the State well, collecting a State Title as an 8th grader, made The 16u USA Basketball Team, collecting a Gold Medal, 17u Nike Peach Jam Final Four. 9th Grade year, lead the State in scoring, assist, free throw percentage. 1st Team All State and Max Preps National Freshmen of the Year. He was the only player from the State to play on the prestigious Nike 17u Circuit. (7th and 8th grade). #1 Point Guard Ranking in the Country ESPN National Ranking. I do not believe any player in the State has ever accomplished the things that Zion has let alone in their 8th and 9th grade years. As a freshman at Adair County High School, Zion had a great year academically and athleticially, one he will remember forever. Zion took six core classes as a freshman and finished his freshman year with a 3.70 grade point average. I do not know if you can pack anything else within a two year period. I say again, Zion has represented the State well.

We will sit before an appeals committee and whichever way they rule (eligible or ineligible) we will not complain. We are grateful for all that God has allowed Zion to experience and accomplish in these two years. Zion has a plethora of opportunities available to him.

They say that we are being penalized for a transfer rule violation. I say they are penalizing Zion because he has violated the accomplishment rule. He has accomplished too much in two years and they have never seen anything like him in the state of Kentucky. Including his 7th grade year at Lighthouse Academy in Nashville, Zion has already surpassed over 2000 points at the varsity level. He is a threat to the record books in Kentucky and nationally.

People are uncomfortable and complain to the KHSAA. They have to try to find a way to slow him down. You are not supposed to be able to do what he has done. Especially as a 5’10” Guard. The Glory goes to God. GGP”

Mike Harmon told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Monday that his son was ruled ineligible because of the KHSAA’s Bylaw 6, which states all varsity athletes must sit out one year after transferring. The bylaw provides plenty of exceptions, the most common being “a bona fide change of residence” in which the athlete moves or a divorce by the athlete’s parents that leads to a change of residence. Bylaw 6 also states that the KHSAA may still require an athlete to sit out a year if “the change in schools is motivated in whole or part by a desire to participate in athletics at the new school.”

Marshall County is the fourth stop in four years for Zion Harmon. He enrolled at MCHS earlier this summer.

Harmon, a Bethesda, Maryland native, played at Adair County last season, where he averaged more than 30 points per game. He played at Bowling Green High School as an eighth-grader, helping lead the Purples to a state championship. He played as a seventh grader at a school in Tennessee.

Harmon, a 5'11" guard and five-star recruit, currently has offers to play college basketball at several big-time schools including Tennessee, Auburn, Creighton, Vanderbilt and SMU.